A Canadian high school student made her graduation dress entirely out of old math homework. She did this as a way to raise awareness and money to educate girls worldwide. Erinne Paisley, of Victoria, B.C., co-founded an activist organization at her school called Malala Fund. This year, they focused on women’s rights, and activism. The fund, started by teen Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai, which fights to ensure all girls worldwide have access to a secondary education.
After hearing about a girl who made a dress out of newspapers, Paisley had the idea to make her dress out of her homework. She had the idea to use her graduation to spread awareness that not every girl has the chance to earn an education the way she did.
“I kept thinking about the fact that over 62 million girls around the world don’t have access to secondary education,” she explained.
Paisley had a dress for the occasion already, but sold it, and donated the money to the Malala Fund. It took Paisley and a friend about seven hours to complete the dress. Paisley used her pre-calculus notes, and finished it with satin straps and a velvet waistband. The dress read, “I’ve received my education. Not every woman has that right. Malala.org.”
The teen, who is headed to the University of Toronto to study international relations, said the response to her project has been overwhelming, but she’s thrilled the Malala Fund and its mission is being discussed.